THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Little Havana
THE PLACE: Los Pinareños Fruteria is an open-air fresh fruit and juice market: a true mom-and-pop shop that’s been family-run for more than 50 years. It’s also home to Chucha, a pot-bellied Vietnamese pig who sleeps and eats behind the market.
Guillermina Hernandez and her late husband were born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba (hence the name, Los Pinareños). After they migrated to the U.S., they opened the shop in 1963. They sell fresh fruits, coconuts, sugarcane, coffee, juices and smoothies, and it’s always fresh — never frozen.
QUOTABLE: “I really appreciate the Cuban history of Little Havana,” says Guillermina. “Miami’s my homeland. My second homeland.”
HOW TO CHECK IT OUT: Visit Los Pinareños Fruteria from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.